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My European family : the first 54,000 years…

My European family : the first 54,000 years

by Karin Bojs

Other authors: Stefan Rothmaier (Illustrator)

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I approached this book as being a general history of how the story of human migration has been informed by the new advances in DNA analysis, and there is a lot of this in this book, but what one really has here is the author's memoir of studying her own family history with an added consideration of how Swedes have thought about themselves as a people. ( )
  Shrike58 | Jan 1, 2018 |
An interesting book, written by a Swedish science journalist, telling the story of human migration and settlement in Europe generally, and Sweden in particular.
While the concept is good, and the inclusion of recent DNA testing research is informative, I found the result a little dissatisfying. The author is clearly not trained in the science, and while that is not necessarily a disqualification from writing on the topic, it needs to be handled with some care. I was uncomfortable with the author deciding between two opposing theories based on "in my opinion". Better to show why one side of the argument has the stronger basis, or higher probability or whatever.
But, in the end, I was happy to have read the book.
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Karin Bojs grew up in a small, broken family. At her mother's funeral she felt this more keenly than ever. As a science journalist, she was eager to learn more about herself, her family and the interconnectedness of society using DNA research. After all, we're all related. And in a sense, we are all family. - Back cover.… (more)

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